I'm a Photographer recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA from Tampa, FL though I frequently travel for assignments.
I am in the process of re-branding (new website coming soon!) from "Sasha Rae Photo" back to my real name "Shanna Gillette" (Photography).
I am a lifelong traveler. Grandpa on one side was a truck driver and grandpa on the other side was a pilot. Our genealogy traces the family back to a place called Bohemia, Czechoslovakia (on the pilot side) and to Sir Francis Drake, English sea captain & pirate (on the truck driver side) so I guess you could say it's in my blood. I have lived in Detroit MI, San Francisco CA, Phoenix & Flagstaff AZ, St Petersburg FL, and Los Angeles, CA. In addition I spent close to ten years traveling nationwide as an experiential marketing field/tour manager (my on-again off-again career in tandem with photography) living in hotels and tour vehicles, making photographs all along the way.
It's been a wild ride and I still love to travel for short bouts but there's no place like L.A. & I'm happy to be back at 'home' on the west coast again.
Prior to moving to L.A., I shot regular weekly freelance for "Creative Loafing," on & off for six years (sister paper to the "LA Weekly"). I have twelve covers to my credit (seven in the last year), have had the great honor of photographing President Obama, two South by South West Festivals (Austin, TX), Bonnaroo (TN) 2013, and a number of amazing musicians, artists, actors and places nationwide. Shooting for CL made me into a "generalist" (hence the numerous sections of my portfolio), however in 2012 after several years of shooting weekly restaurant reviews for CL, I became head photographer for MyCityEats Magazine which solidified my love of and increased my abilities as a food and restaurant photographer.
Food and business advertising (interiors/exteriors) now comprise the better part of my business.
But yes, I also do weddings. ;)
In addition, my years on the road allowed me to hone my abilities both as an event and travel photographer. I now photograph events throughout L.A. and beyond as well as showing my travel imagery in gallery shows on occasion.
Speaking of events, I also operate what's known as the "Sasha Rae Photo Booth" - a fun addition to my event photography using props, costumes, and pro lighting which you may have seen at some local events. Please see http://sasharaephoto.com/photobooth for examples. It's the surest way to spice up your party or event. Feel free to contact me for details.
Thanks so much for visiting - I look forward to making your photo!
[About the name:
The name Sasha Rae is a stage name (I'm a Singer as well) given to me many years ago due to mispronunciations of my name, Shanna (pronounced like 'banana' not 'fauna'). Eventually the name stuck as a creative moniker used also for my photography. These days in my professional work, I do tend to go more by Shanna but I have kept Sasha Rae as a fun way to separate my personal work from my photobooth. I will happily answer to either one.]
I hired Shanna after seeing her pictures on line and loving her playful use of color and light - I wanted her to capture my wedding with just that sense of whimsy and excitement. What I got was so much more. Shanna was FANTASTIC to work with. She is an engaging and passionate artist who (clearly) loves her work...her energy for the process was contagious. More than that she is kind, calm, and creative- she made what could have been a hectic or stressful day into an easy-going and enjoyable one. The final products she produced blew me away. I will treasure my wedding photos forever and would whole-heartedly reccommend working with Shanna!
After years of mediocre family photos we finally had Sasharaephoto come to our home for a professional family portrait session. We wanted a group shot, parents only, and children only shots. We knew we were asking a lot. While the family members were a little hesitant at first Shanna was able to put us all at ease and make it a fun event for the family. Shanna and her assistant did all the set-up with the least amount of disruption to our home. After the shoot everything that had been moved was back it its proper place.
We had a fun family time and now have several beautiful family portraits. I recommend Sasharaephoto for your portrait needs.
Shanna is a pleasure to work with, always has good ideas and has taken excellent photos for Creative Loafing in Tampa. I had said in a past endorsement, "I would use her again tomorrow if she hadn't moved out of town." Well, she's back and taking more pics than ever for CL. We couldn't be happier with the work.
-Joe Bardi, Associate Editor/Operations at Creative Loafing
Shanna was always my first choice when it came to photogs. Whether taking pictures from a distance or mixing it up with rowdy crowds in order to get right to the lip of the stage, Shanna came through with amazing shots every time. Her portraits were killer, too. She knew how to put musicians at ease and capture them at their relaxed best in an artful manner. Shanna always arrived at a shoot/show prepared and on time and always turned in her work before deadline. To this day, when I'm in need of a photog, her name is the first that comes up. Her work is always outstanding.
-Wade Tatangelo, former Staff Writer/Music Critic, Creative Loafing
Shanna is a talented photographer whose images were the backbone of Orange Magazine. Her dependability and creativity were a great asset to the publication, and it was always a pleasure working with her.
(February 12, 2009)
-Mitzi Gordon - Membership Manager at the Tampa Art Museum, former Editor of Orange Magazine
Tampa is a small town for those in the photo industry. Over the course of a couple years, I worked with Shanna on photo shoots, separately but on the same publication, as well as working the same events for different clients. In all of these instances, I noticed her to be reliable, energetic, creative, and resourceful. One project we had a tough shooting schedule. Nonetheless she regularly made herself available and never complained even though it would have been in her right to do so. I'm always looking to work with people who make working life easier on a given project, to help towards the best results, and I would work with her again anytime.
-Bradley Valentine - Photographer
Shanna's work at Sasha Rae Photo is exceptional and delightful. She has a wonderful eye, and a sincere passion for creating beautiful photos for her clients. She is wonderful to work with!
-Michael Antares - Michael Antares Photography
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